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    September 17, 2019 9:17:00 AM CDT

    The Advantages & Disadvantages Of Plastisol Ink

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    Plastisol ink is a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) based system that essentially contains no solvent at all. Along with UV ink used in graphic screen printing, it is referred to as a 100% solid ink system. Plastisol is a thermoplastic ink in that it is necessary to heat the printed ink film to a temperature high enough to cause the molecules of PVC resin and plasticizer to cross-link and thereby solidify, or cure. The temperature at which most plastisol for textile printing cures at is in the range of 149 °C to 166 °C (300 °F to 330°F).

    Plastisol is the ink of choice for printing of finished goods such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and tote bags.

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    September 16, 2019 8:32:00 AM CDT

    How Staff Uniforms Can Have An Impact On Your Business

    Staff UniformsStaff uniforms are a common feature shared by many of the most successful businesses in the country. Everyone from doctors to fast food workers are expected to wear a specific type of attire. Businesses can use staff uniforms for a variety of beneficial purposes.

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    September 12, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT

    8 Tips About Using Art When Screen Printing

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    1. All Shapes & Sizes

    First and foremost, submitting Vector art is always best. What makes vector art special is that everything is defined by shapes, as opposed to raster art’s pixels. This means the image never degrades at any size. A vector art image could be used for an inside tag, an all over print or a billboard without any pixelation or loss of quality. Vector images are very simple to change color, scale, orientation, etc. Also, vector images don’t need separations or the fees that go along with them, unless they are very very complex in color.

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    September 5, 2019 11:41:00 AM CDT

    Achieving The Best Possible Quality When Printing On Polyester

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    *Above is an example of an instance when dye migration occurred. The color of the design was white, but dye migration caused the red tint.

    Polyester is one of the most challenging fabrics to print on. It’s advisable to stay away from 50/50 blends in a lot of cases. Being in the decorated apparel business, we are often asked whether or not we can print on certain types of fabric. In almost all cases, the answer is - Yes. However, not all fabrics get along with ink so, it's important to consider all elements of your production run.

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    August 20, 2019 6:50:00 AM CDT

    The 4-Step Process For DTG Printing On High Quality Custom Garments

    DTG_Garments_Sharprint_ChicagoDigital garment printing can be a solution for small quantities, hasty needs, and it can also be a source of exclusive products that are not easily replicated. By promoting these strengths of the medium, its likely your clients will be unaware of the numerous steps and time it takes to complete these production tasks. We recorded the processes to share the exacting and labor intensive process that goes into these fast turnarounds on high quality custom garments.

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    August 13, 2019 8:45:00 AM CDT

    The Cause & Solution Of Pallet Marks

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    Every so often, screen printers are faced with certain obstacles they need to overcome in order to provide their customers with the best possible looking custom apparel. One of these challenges is known as pallet marks. The pallet is what the garment is placed on during the actual printing stage. Just as the term implies, a pallet mark is when the outline of the pallet leaves a mark on the t-shirt that is being printed on.

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    August 9, 2019 11:30:00 AM CDT

    The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Water-Based Ink

    describe the imageWater-based inks are defined as those that utilize water as the main solvent. That does not mean, however that water is the only solvent. It is significant to note that many water base inks contain “co-solvents” which may even be petroleum based solvents. The reason these co-solvents are used varies, but one of the key reasons is to decrease the time and heat necessary to cure the ink film on the fabric.

    Water-based ink is the ink of choice for the printing of yard goods; either in piece form or on the roll.

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    July 30, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    4 FAQs About Using A White Under Base When Screen Printing

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    When estimating the number of screens needed to produce a custom screen printed order, designers and brokers alike are often unsure whether or not their design will need a preliminary white under base for the best print. The print colors in the design plays a part, but generally it’s the shirt color that determines whether or not an under base is needed.

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    July 29, 2019 6:00:00 AM CDT

    Why Promotional Clothing Is Perfect For Branding Your Business

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    Promotional clothing is a popular branding tool that can be used successfully with any business. Done correctly, this type of clothing will drastically change the way others see your business.

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    July 22, 2019 6:30:00 AM CDT

    4 Tips For Choosing The Right Polo Shirt For Your Logo

    polo shirts and logo design chicagoCommonly worn by tennis and golf players, the polo shirt can be portrayed synonymous with that of a sporty chic look. So when considering the purchase of embroidered polo shirts for an organization, think about who will be wearing the shirt, what environment it will be worn in, and the brand-identity you’re trying to establish.  

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    July 8, 2019 3:30:00 PM CDT

    The Different Types Of Fabrics Used In Custom Apparel

    shutterstock 125940902Custom apparel is used in numerous industries for various applications including uniforms for baseball teams, retail apparel for restaurant promotion, giveaways for product launches and this barely scratches the surface. The fabric or garment type selected to embellish as custom apparel often depends on the function of the apparel piece.

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